According to the 2019 Florida Statutes, any violation listed in the pedestrian rights section is considered a "noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as either a pedestrian violation or, if the infraction resulted from the operation of a vehicle, as a moving violation."
In 2013, the state of Florida was designated as the most dangerous state for pedestrians for the fourth consecutive year —with more fatalities per 100,000 in population than any other state in the union. In 2014, Florida lost this dubious title and was ranked fifth in the nation for pedestrian danger. This was the lowest rate the state had seen in close to 20 years. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work to be done. Florida averages 500 pedestrian wrongful deaths per year. While there is still a long road ahead for pedestrian and highway safety in the state of Florida, this improvement points to the ongoing, concerted efforts of officials, community leaders, and law enforcement agencies to protect pedestrians and to make cities and communities that are safe for all types of traffic.
The reality is that if you or an individual close to you has been injured in a pedestrian accident, one of the first things you need to do is speak with an attorney who understands these types of injury cases. Every day in the United States, pedestrians are hurt in traffic accidents.
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Many of these accidents occur at intersections, at night, or in areas of low visibility. Pedestrian accidents can result in major injuries, including:
In some cases, these accidents can even be fatal. Children are especially susceptible victims, as they are less easy to see and less aware of road dangers. Drivers need to learn to share the road with cyclists, walkers, joggers, and other pedestrians. If you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian accident, speak with a legal representative who can ensure that you understand all of your options and your rights. Bryan D. Caulfield, ESQ is an experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer with a reputation for effective advocacy. Contact his office, and receive a free evaluation of your case.